From the publisher:
"This selection of fifty compelling photographs of people from southern and east Africa offers an opportunity to re-evaluate the colonial photography of these regions. During this era, indigenous subjects usually struggled to retain their dignity and composure in the exploitative lens of the European traveller, tourist, scientist and commercial photographer. In those instances when the sitter's humanity survived the racial prejudices and technology of the time, the images often transcend their role as historical records and can be seen as provocative and poignant works of art.
The photographs chosen for inclusion are from the authors' own collection and most of them have never been published before. Each is reproduced on a double-page spread accompanied by captions that often provide new information about the photographers and the subjects. An introductory essay, which contextualises the practice of photography in southern and east Africa during this period, is illustrated with full-page details from the selected photographs.
The images reproduced in this book retain a lasting and intriguing engagement. They reveal the intensity of these troubled encounters and provide evocative human portraits captured at a time of rapid change in Africa."
30.7 cm x 27.8 x 2.2 cm | 144 pages | hardcover